Even with most places reopening to the public, we’re still being very selective with where we shop, eat, and play. We live just seven minutes away from Westhills Towne Centre so we’re super familiar with it. Check out an earlier back to school post here featuring this shopping centre that’ll come in handy in a few months when our kiddos (hopefully) return back to school full time!
While guidelines and proper practices around COVID-19 are beginning to ease, we can’t completely relax just yet. Here are some key safety aspects to look out for when heading out with kids in a public space:
Spacious outdoor parking
Separate outdoor entrances for each store
‘Masks required’ signs
Signs around the store to encourage social distancing
Available hand sanitizer stations in each store
Our Day at Westhills Towne Centre
Our first stop was Rogers to see what I could do about my incredibly cracked phone. They currently have a window set up to answer questions and if need be, they will allow one person in at a time.
We then hit up Starbucks because the kiddos always want a treat from there. Starbucks has very clear instructions as to where to stand, glass partitions between customers & baristas, and limited seating.
Rona was our next stop to look at some hanging potted plants for the kid’s new playhouse.
We window shopped while the kiddos finished up their apple chips from Starbucks. I so badly wanted to head in to Skoah for a facial, but #momlife soooo…
Posie spotted a sparkly pair of shoes in the window and insisted we go into Sole to Soul to try them on.
We finally made it to one of my favourite local shops, Joydrop. They carry a ton of Canadian designers (mostly jewelry) and have the cutest hair accessories, wallets, etc. It’s perfectly girly. Posie spotted a pink bracelet that she just HAD to have.
At 1 o’clock, it was time for lunch and we wanted something quick and easy that we could eat outside. You can order online and pick it up at this location to limit your exposure indoors. We ordered some burrito bowls from Mucho Burrito and walked to the park to eat our lunch.
After scarfing down some rice and beans, the kids couldn’t wait to play. The park in Westhills is located in the middle of the shops, just in front the of the Mint Nails & Spa (another busted dream because #momlife). They have music playing in the park, making it so vibrant and fun for kids.
Our last and final stop for the day was Urban Barn (located right next to Mastermind Toys). The kids were SO disappointed we weren’t going into the toy store 🙁 But I promised them we’d go on our next visit. I wanted a few little decor items and a lot of it was at 50% off! They have great sales there.
I’m continually impressed with the steps businesses are taking to ensure public safety. Westhills, in particular, has gone above and beyond with actionable steps, and has the perfect environment to reintroduce us to our new norm. With everything accessible from outside, I feel a lot safer and more confident when shopping with the kids. Here’s a list of all the retailers you can find at Westhills, including local businesses you can support.
See ya in the playground!
Love, peace & keeping Calgary safe